Aug 21,2014(ISN) – Two crews, two medals. Another successful regatta for Canada as three junior rowers
once again finished on the podium, this time at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing,
Having recently competed at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Europe,
Caileigh Filmer, Larissa Werbicki and Daniel de Groot travelled to Nanjing for the
prestigious multi sport event. Canada was granted two entries into the rowing
portion of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, a sporting gathering for young
athletes from around the world that integrates a unique cultural and educational
component into the competition.
“It is so cool to be at a multisport event and to see all the other sports and
athletes,” Filmer said. “Short distances are not my strength, so it has been a
challenge to stay in the mindset after the WorldJunior Rowing Championships,”
Caileigh concluded, referring to the 1000 meter distance at the YOG as opposed to
the 2000 meters more commonly raced.
The short distance provided for some extremely exciting racing for the Canadian duo.
Just 0.4 seconds separated the top three crews in the women’s pair event. Romania
won gold, China took silver, and Filmer and Werbicki picked up the bronze for
Close racing characterized the men’s single event as well. After a slow start,
Daniel de Groot, the St. Catharines native, found himself in fourth at the halfway
mark. However a strong second half placed him within reach of the leaders. At the
finish line, the top three boats were all within a second of each other. Germany
crossed the line first, Azerbaijan picked up the silver and de Groot finished with a
well-deserved bronze medal.
These two crews each won silver medals at the World Junior Rowing Championships in
Hamburg,Germany two weeks ago and finished the season with bronze medals at the
Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China yesterday. It has been an exciting summer for
these three young athletes. Filmer, Werbicki and de Groot are a part of a large
group of junior athletes in this country who represent the future of the sport for